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Kanté injury big blow to Chelsea clean sheet potential

Those hoping to capitalise on Chelsea’s first clean sheet of the season will be disappointed to see N’Golo Kanté (£5.0m) miss today’s game with a hamstring problem.

He is joined on the sidelines by Kurt Zouma (£4.8m) who was ill in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Those absences could see Mason Mount (£6.6m) drop back into a central midfield trio, although Frank Lampard could still use him in attacking midfield if he goes with the 4-2-3-1 formation.

Meanwhile, Andreas Christensen (£5.0m) is paired with Fikayo Tomori (£4.6m) at centre-back.

Opponents Brighton arrive at Stamford Bridge with Yves Bissouma (£5.0m) in central midfield, making his first league start of the campaign.

Spurs have lined up with Harry Kane (£11.0m) and Son Heung-min (£9.7m) leading their attacking against Southampton.

Erik Lamela (£6.1m), Lucas Moura (£7.2m) and Dele Alli (£8.4m) are among the substitutes but Christian Eriksen (£8.8m) starts, with Serge Aurier (£5.0m) at right-back.

Southampton make the wise decision to bring Ryan Bertrand (£4.9m) back in at left-back after issues there in Gameweek 6. Cédric (£4.9m) returns to the right of defence.

Diogo Jota (£6.2m) is absent from the Wolves squad today with rumours circling about a foot injury.

Therefore, Raúl Jiménez (£7.2m) is paired with Adama Traoré (£5.0m) up front while Leander Dedoncker (£4.5m) starts ahead of a benched Rúben Neves (£5.5m) and Romain Saïss (£4.4m) lines up at centre-back in the place of Ryan Bennett (£4.9m).

Bournemouth retain the same starting XI from the win over Southampton for their meeting with West Ham today.

That features Callum Wilson (£7.8m) fronting-up a 4-4-2 formation alongside Dominic Solanke (£5.4m) with Josh King (£6.3m) in the left-midfield position.

However, Ryan Fraser‘s (£7.2m) absence from the starting line-up is enforced this weekend as he misses the game today with an illness.

Taking his place on the bench is Arnaut Danjuma (£5.8m) who makes it into the matchday squad for the first time.

Also named among the substitutes for the first time this season is Simon Francis (£4.4m).

Meanwhile, West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini (£6.5m) is fit enough only for the bench.

That means Sébastien Haller (£7.4m) is supported by an attacking midfield trio of Felipe Anderson (£6.9m), Pablo Fornals (£6.1m) and Andriy Yarmolenko (£5.9m).

Aaron Cresswell (£4.9m) starts at left-back, while Arthur Masuaku (£4.5m) is absent from the match-day squad with Pablo Zabaleta (£4.4m) able to cover either defensive flank from the bench.

It looks as if Jack Grealish (£5.9m) might be playing in a more advanced position for Aston Villa today.

He appears to be lining up in the front-three, alongside Anwar El Ghazi (£5.5m) and Wesley (£6.0m).

Opponents Burnley line up exactly as we predicted as Sean Dyche makes no changes from the side that beat Norwich last weekend.

Despite suggestions that rotation could occur up-front, both Ashley Barnes (£6.6m) and Chris Wood (£6.2m) retain their starting berths.

Teemu Pukki (£7.2m) and Todd Cantwell (£5.0m) retain their places in the Norwich side as they travel to face Crystal Palace.

Aston Villa XI: Heaton; Targett, Mings, Engels, Guilbert; McGinn, Nakamba, Hourihane; El Ghazi, Wesley, Grealish.

Burnley XI: Pope; Pieters, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; McNeil, Westwood, Cork, Hendrick; Wood, A Barnes.

Bournemouth XI: Ramsdale; Rico, Aké, S Cook, Stacey; J King, Billing, Lerma, H Wilson; Solanke, C Wilson.

West Ham XI: Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks; Noble, Rice; Anderson, Fornals, Yarmolenko; Haller.

Chelsea XI: Kepa; Alonso, Tomori, Christense, Azpilicueta; Mount, Barkley, Jorginho; Pedro, Abraham, Willian.

Brighton XI: Ryan; Burn, Webster, Dunk, Montoya; D Stephens, Bissouma, Mooy; Alzate, Maupay, Groß.

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; van Aanholt, Cahill, Kelly, Ward; Schlupp, McArthur, Kouyaté, Milivojevic; Ayew, Zaha.

Norwich XI: Fahrmann; Lewis, Godfrey, Amadou, Aarons; Leitner, McLean; Cantwell, Stiepermann, Buendía; Pukki.

Spurs XI: Lloris; Rose, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Aurier; Sissoko, Winks, Ndombele; Eriksen; Son, Kane.

Southampton XI: Gunn; Bertrand, Yoshida, Bednarek, Cédric; Romeu, Højbjerg, Ward-Prowse; Boufal, Redmond; Ings.

Wolves XI: Patrício; Saïss, Coady, Boly; Jonny, Moutinho, Neto, Dendoncker, Doherty; Jiménez, Traoré.

Watford XI: Foster; Holebas, Dawson, Cathcart, Janmaat; Capoue, Doucouré; Deulofeu, Cleverley, Sarr; Welbeck.

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2,226 Comments Post a Comment
  1. TheDragon
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Step 1: I kept Jota instead of moving to Abraham.

    Step 2: Abraham blank

    Step 3: Greenwood off the bench

    Step 4: Profit??

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      What are you doing with Jota next week?

      1. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Jota -> Abraham I think (small % I bench him as he has good fixtures after that)

  2. Demí
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Wow some actual points. Matt Lowton assist

    1. Daniel - KTBFFH
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Well done Demi

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Shake hands ... Wood for me

  3. Gudjohnsen
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Got Kelly sitting on my bench with 6 points. Anyone else?

    1. Daniel - KTBFFH
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      He might come in if he is first in the bench

    2. Jindaljain
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Everyone..

    3. rdpx
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      He is my highest scoring player by a long way. 3rd bench. Including the captain with his double points.

  4. Daniel - KTBFFH
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Is Ryan on 9 saves ?

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      8 annoyingly

    2. Recklesss
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      He's been so good today

  5. The Casual One
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Son (c) looking decent now. Just need a Sterling fail

  6. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    ridiculous how barnes has just suddenly gone on a drought and wood is now the main man

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Truly is

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      I switched them. Missed all their goals. Sorry mate.

    3. Chirsbom
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      They tend to do that. It is one or the other.

  7. pjomara
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Sweet was tempted to go on Abraham bandwagon for -4 but stuck with King instead

    1. rdpx
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Is the fat lady warming up her vocal cords?

  8. Burger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Any baps for Barnes?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      LOL

  9. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Kane close

  10. Hakim Ziyech
    2 months, 18 days ago

    McGovern is a Legend!

  11. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Kane will get another here

  12. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Fantastic from Kane!

  13. ddande
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    What is Fabs off?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Injured

  14. Gudjohnsen
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Why the hell was Haller in the scout picks?

    1. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Did better than Abraham

    2. KICKandRUSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Had a better game than Tammy tbf

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Over Kane as well lol

  15. Shultan
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Wish id read those pep comments yesterday!

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      He did make it very clear.

    2. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      What did he say?

      1. Critical Observer
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        That he loves both Jesus and Kun and it’s impssible to play both every game and when they don’t play they are not happy and in related news, bears still take a dump in the forest.

        1. Pukki Party
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Okay, cheers.

    3. jason_ni
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      what did he say?

  16. moment
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Oh, Lowton assist, 1st on my bench, making the inevitable Kun 1pter even more irritating

  17. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Anyone WC GW7 how's for you so far?

    1. 1zverGGadeM
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Awful

  18. SirStevieG
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Abraham is the perfect example why you should NEVER make players like him captain. Just stick with the proven guns, something he is not right now.

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Like salah?

    2. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Get banged

    3. KICKandRUSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      You're right!
      Keeping Sterling and then not captaining him was the worst decision of my whole life.

    4. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      All of the big hitters not doing much today, save Kane, which few of the Top 10 k own. Sterling and KDB left to play (Kun benched)...so, not sure what you're talking about.

      1. SirStevieG
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Watch Sterling and KDB get returns.

    5. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      I didn't captain him this week, but surely you can see the logic behind him as a pick?

      We should measure mistakes based on errors in judgement, not simply on points.

      I don't think there was an error in judgement there really

      1. SirStevieG
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        He had CLEAR cut chances to score and blew them.

  19. TheDragon
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 18 days ago

    0 goals in my team from 7 games. Any good?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Show-off!

    2. Cpt Crunch Scott talent
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Great

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      You are not alone

    4. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      There has to be teams with 0 goals 1 red card?

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Yep, mine.

      2. Yank Revolution
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        That would be me.

      3. PlumaPiedra
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Me

    5. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Stop bragging

    6. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      None here either, have 4 assists tho thank god

  20. HMFC1874
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Was Son injured?

    1. Bob_the_builder
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Tactical change it seems

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      No. Bayern midweek.

    3. ZICO SENNA
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Oh fantastic

    4. The Casual One
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      rested for CL midweek

  21. Littlefish92
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    What a bad week this is -8

    Took out sterling for salah and C him
    Have aguero on bench
    Bring it Tammy as a punt and not done anything

    Red arrow coming

    1. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      I mean Sterling to Salah was daft, especially for a hit, but can sympathise with Tammy

  22. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Barnes couldn't stop scoring til I purchased him.

    1. Rinseboy
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      I thought about getting King for him all week and didnt....arghhhhh

  23. Daniel - KTBFFH
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Come on Ryan one more save

    1. Cpt Crunch Scott talent
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      This!

    2. Hy liverpool
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      This

  24. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 18 days ago

    So who held and played Digne? o/

    1. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      o/

    2. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Yeah. COYBs!

    3. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Me. FK goal incoming. Or RC. Hopefully former

      1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Can definitely see this.

    4. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      I did

    5. Demí
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Yes me. Love that wee french b*stard.

    6. L'Aeroplanino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      masterclass needed

    7. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Woop, let's do this. He's a free kick genius. Harry Wilson all over again please

    8. Hits from the Bong
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Sold for Aurier

  25. Limbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    30pts (-4). Captain Tammy fail. Pukki fail. Salah fail. Jesus wept.

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      How many players you got left? Might not be that bad

      1. Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Digne, KDB & Sterling

        Not holding much hope!

    2. PUMPKINHEAD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      My heart bleeds

      1. Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Haha. Sh!te week?

        1. PUMPKINHEAD
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Haha. Worse than you.. trust me

    3. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Jesus yet to play.

    4. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      30 points is more than most.

    5. Celt Abroad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      No, Jesus replaced Kun.

    6. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Jesus starts!

    7. PlumaPiedra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      20 here

  26. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    McGovern 6 pointer laughing from the bench

    1. Hakim Ziyech
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Glad I gave him his debut 🙂

  27. ZICO SENNA
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Well, may as well play for fun this season, absolute write off

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      It's been pathetic 🙁

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Join the club.

    3. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Sterlings week

      1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Was due to be fair

        1. ZICO SENNA
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Not played yet

    4. Recklesss
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Totally - I had the worst game week of my life 2 ago and fell over 1.5 million places. Completely done with this.

  28. Hakim Ziyech
    2 months, 18 days ago

    I sold sterling, Kun(c), Aurier making it a -18 points. Heading towards a deep red hole

  29. ZeBestee
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Need Kun to come off the bench and score 2.

    1. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      He'd get 1 point not 2.

      1. DantheManinaPan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Love it

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      2 points?

  30. Murder On Zidanesfloor
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Aurier to Matip for free?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Can’t sell Aurier, back for GW9 with that attacking threat!

      1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        ??? Sarcasm?

    2. The Mandalorian
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Matip looks good